By Nidhi Kumari Shashi Narasimhiah
Having completed 275 international Australian film projects of various genres in just 20 years, Anupam Sharma is a notable name in the world of films, film making, writing and inspiring others as an orator. He is known for directing one of the most coveted Australian films- unINDIAN starring, Brett Lee, and actress, Tannishtha Chatterjee. Most recently Anupam’s work won him critical acclaim for his Documentary– Spirit of India Run with Pat Farmer.
How does it feel to be representing the Indian community as Ambassador at the prestigious Australia Day?
Feels great particularly it helps me contribute to a more diverse Australia and remove barriers of ignorance between cultures. Hence I always prefer country NSW where there is more scope to contribute to a diverse Australia.
How do you look at your journey in the industry and in Australia?
One content enjoyable and continuing journey…
Did you think you would go so far and be an inspiration for so many?
Never seek to be an inspiration for others….too busy being inspired from others.
What is your personal contribution to Australian society that you are proud of?
Film links between my adopted home and birth home which started with one film in 1998 and is now a full fledge multi-million dollar industry. Looking back at the road travelled so far and welcoming more professionals is a personal and professional delight.
With Indian population in Australia being over 400000 what do you think you have done to socially integrate the Indian migrants into Australian society?
I have concerns about the word integration so never use it. I think the best we can serve our adopted land Australia is by being upright citizens contributing to the society culturally and financially. If you look at things Australian values are not different to Indian values.
Any episode/ incidence that is really special to you and you would like to share?
Having completed 275 international Australian film projects of various genres in close to 20 years….I could bore you to death with all kinds of stories, incidents, and anecdotes. I follow the golden rule. What happens on set remains on set..(smiles)..
What is your mantra to stay motivated?
A Quote – Ships are the safest in a harbour but that is not what they are meant for.
A piece of advice that has stayed with you:
Money is important but not primary …it is always a good second to other values like ethics, relationships, humanity…..thus, it is the quality of money not quantity of money you earn which is important.
An advice that you would like to give to the younger generation:
If you follow other people’s footsteps you never leave your own footprints. Be inspired and be guided by others in making your own way in life
What are your future plans?
As always trying to make diverse Australian films for a global audience with a touch of India. This year is shaping out to be particularly busy with two releases, and three films in various stages. As with all our projects we announce them in a special way..so watch for this space!